The Grand Strand is growing its craft brewery scene with three new breweries opening in the area within the last year.
Crooked Hammock Brewery at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach opened in March and offers four, year-round craft beers as well as seasonal and exclusive selections. In total, the brewery is expected to produce over 4,000 barrels in its first year. Along with its beers, visitors can enjoy indoor or outdoor seating, a gazebo, and a backyard beer garden and food truck.
|The Grand Strand Brewing Company opened in February in Myrle Beach’s immerging Arts and Innovation District. The brewery offers eight types of craft beer, a menu featuring upscale-bar food as well as indoor and outdoor seating that overlooks the newly enhanced Nance Plaza and downtown Myrtle Beach.|
Tidal Creek Brewhouse opened last June in Myrtle Beach’s Market Commons and offers more than a dozen craft beers. It also serves breakfast and coffee in the morning, offers lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a brunch on weekends. Enjoy seating indoors or on its patio.
Along with these three craft breweries, the Independent Republic Brewing Company in Myrtle Beach opened in 2019 and New South Brewing in Myrtle Beach has been around for more than 20 years.
The craft brewing industry is one of the fastest growing in the United States and in South Carolina, the industry had a $905 million economic impact to 2019, according to data from the Brewers Association.
Along with an economic impact and job creation, entrepreneurs in the craft brewery industry are known to be community-minded and collaborative, often forming partnerships with other businesses and organizations, according to Karen Riordan, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau president and CEO.
“Craft Brewery has boomed in the last decade because it’s an untapped area for entrepreneurs. My prediction would be that it’s not a fad but it’s here to stay, and there’s room for more craft breweries here along the Grand Strand, including within the rising Arts and Innovation District of downtown Myrtle Beach,” Riordan said.
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